I remember planning our first trip to Walt Disney World in 2003 - yes my first trip was the year I turned 40 - yes I am ashamed!! I didn't even think about using the internet to help me plan with the exception of "the" Disney site. I wish I knew then what I know now...
I don't think I write this post without mentioning my fellow Blogorailer Dave at Your First Visit. This site is full of great info, especially for a Walt Disney World rookie. When's the best time to go? How long should you stay? How much should you budget? What to do? Here's your one stop for all the answers.
My first foray into "boards" was DISboards. There is a lot of information there, and you can get caught up in it and lose total track of time. My favorite thing here is that you can find menus from all of the WDW restaurants. I am a pretty picky eater and I love being able to see a menu before making ADRs.
AllEars, Mouse Savers and WDW Fan Zone are other great resources for park hours, special events, rehabs and general information about the parks. Don't forget to visit the Magical Blogorail for all of our advice on vacation planning and fun things to do in the parks.
Ultimately for me you can't beat the Walt Disney World official website. I love the info on the different resorts, activities, attractions, restaurants, and on and on and on. Who knows Disney better than Disney? The one thing I will say is do some research on using your snack credits, Disney mentions water and pop corn but you have so many more great options.
My last bit of advice is that Google and Bing or whatever search engine you use are your friend. You will literally find hundreds of Disney blogs and websites out there to help you plan your next vacation. Be sure to be specific in your search to get the best results, if your youngest is 16 you don't need toddler information.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop Colorado Mountain Mom.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ A World View
2nd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
3rd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay (you are here)
Final Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom